COMMENT: A depressingly predictable development concerns the Supreme Court’s refusal to review the conviction of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Obama Attorney General Eric Holder has continued his less-than-impressive actions in the Siegelman case, with the DOJ opposing the review.
A veteran of the Clinton administration, Holder spent the time in between serving “Bubba” and Obama at a law firm that openly trumpeted its role in impeding investigation of Karl Rove’s behavior in the firing of U.S. attorneys (a case that overlaps the Siegelman investigation.)
Legal Schnauzer notes at the end of their analysis that the arguments used to destroy Siegelman could be used against Obama and probably will be, if Romney wins in the fall.
Seriously compromised by links to the Operation Green Quest targets (including the Rove milieu), Obama is more than foolish, if he thinks that “playing nice” will present any type of speed bump for the Republicans.
As for Holder, he may just be keeping his halter top, push-up bra, platform shoes, fishnet stockings and silk hot pants warm for his return to “private practice” (on the Sunset Strip.)
In all fairness to Holder and company, they may just be taking stock of the body count in the overlapping investigations in Alabama. Has Holder been threatened? We should never forget the legacy of 11/22/1963 and thereafter.
When political murder becomes a way of life, to be successful, one must be a “survivor.” The alternative is to become a conspiracy theory.
EXCERPT: The Obama Department of Justice, on multiple occasions, opposed U.S. Supreme Court review of the Don Siegelman case. The DOJ got its wish yesterday when the nation’s highest court announced that it would not review what has come to be seen as the most notorious political prosecution in American history.
One can only wonder why a Democratic administration would be unconcerned about the prosecution of a former Democratic governor in a heavily Republican state. The wonder turns to amazement when you consider that evidence in the Siegelman case, even if taken as true, did not amount to a crime, as described by the U.S. Code and relevant case law.
But here is the most distressing part of the DOJ’s actions in opposing certiorari review of the Siegelman case: A review of documents filed by government lawyers proves that even they do not believe the testimony of the key prosecution witness. Either that, or DOJ officials do not even bother to review documents they file in cases of national importance–and if that’s the case, someone is committing professional negligence, misconduct or both. . . .
. . . . That range could someday include former President Obama. After all, it’s well established that the president has rewarded some of his loyal contributors with plum ambassadorships. Could a future federal jury “infer” that those appointments involved illegal quid pro quo agreements? Under the loose standards set in the Siegelman case, the answer undoubtedly is yes.
Team Obama appears unconcerned about Don Siegelman’s plight at the moment. But here is some free Schnauzer advice for the president and his staff: You had better figure out a way to beat Mitt Romney in November; if you don’t, a Republican attorney general is going to have the facts and the law necessary to send a bunch of you to federal prison.